At the weekend I took a trip down to Derby, where I like to wander through the Chaddesden Wood Local Nature Reserve.
While the area has plenty of great birdlife, including a range of warblers (I saw/heard Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Whitethroat, all of which were nesting there), Green Woodpecker, Treecreeper and Nuthatch, and Tawny Owl, today I want to focus on life around the ponds.
This year is the first year I’ve spotted newts in the ponds here, though sadly I couldn’t predict where they’d pop to the surface meaning I got no pictures of them. Fortunately this handsome common frog was far more obliging. As was this smaller, redder specimen:
It wasn’t just amphibians, there were plenty of insects such as Pondskaters and Waterboatmen. There was also this impressive 3cm long Water Scorpion:
There were a few damselflies darting around too, including several Azure Damselflies:
And this glorious Large Red Damselfly, posing photogenically on a Flag Iris:
Plenty of butterflies including Red Admiral and Speckled Wood:
And, just because I got a good photo in a nearby garden, a young Nuthatch:
Special thanks to Lisa Gaunt for agreeing to share her photos.